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Ferromatik Milacron Brings its New Hybrid High-Performance Machine to Fakuma

Injection molding machine maker Ferromatik Milacron will present a model of its new hybrid high-performance machine series at booth B3-3203 during Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, October 13 through 17, 2009. The VITESSE 300 with a clamping force of 3,000 kN and an international size 1,650 injection unit will be demonstrated in a complete production cell with an in-mold labeling system from Star Automation. Using a single-cavity mold from Abate Basilio, the machine will produce a 5.7 liter polypropylene pail, including in-mold labeling, in a cycle time of 9.9 seconds. Standard equipment on this machine includes a high-performance barrier screw with a mixing head and an L/D of 25:1 for optimal melt quality and even color distribution.
At Fakuma the new VITESSE series will be unveiled to the public. “The VITESSE takes its name from the French word for “speed”, the most remarkable feature of the new machine series”, said Robert Trube, Director Sales & Marketing at Ferromatik Milacron. “They are the fastest injection molding machines available”, he added .The electric screw drive of the VITESSE allows for parallel functions, resulting in extremely short cycle times. The stability required for the machine’s excellent dynamics is provided by a reinforced base with linear guides. The result is reliable performance at even the highest speeds.

The VITESSE comes standard with Ferromatik Milacron’s GreenLine energy saving package, comprising three elements:
• Energy-efficient drive technology: the hydraulic pump comes with a high-efficiency motor
• Energy management: the hydraulic accumulator is only filled to the required level for each application – in addition, parallel movements are avoided where not needed, minimizing expensive energy peaks
• Energy measurement: detailed quantification of energy usage by cycle, hour, and shift

The new VITESSE series also includes Ferromatik Milacron’s Teleservice for remote-maintenance of machines and process optimization. Teleservice includes all the necessary hardware and software for connecting the machine to the internet. Machine data and parameters can be analyzed and modified from Ferromatik Milacron’s main facility in Malterdingen, Germany. Since no technician needs to travel to the customer’s facility to perform these services, both time and additional costs are saved.

Ferromatik Milacron provides a three-phase warranty package with the VITESSE:
• Full warranty up to 2 years, or 15,000 operating hours
• Warranty for electrical and electronic parts up to 3 years, or 22,500 operating hours
• Warranty for constructed parts of steel or cast materials up to 4 years, or 30,000 operating hours

The VITESSE series comes in clamping force sizes of 2,000, 3,000, 4,000 and 5,000 kN, and can be equipped with injection units of international sizes 1,000, 1,650, 2,650 and 4,400. In total ten combinations are available.

About Ferromatik

Ferromatik Milacron Maschinenbau GmbH develops, builds, and sells injection molding machines for the production of plastic parts. The machine portfolio consists of the four series ELEKTRA (all-electric), K-TEC (special applications), MAXIMA (large machines) and VITESSE (high-performance). The machines are used in the automotive, consumer goods, electrical and telecommunications, medical and packaging industries. The machine portfolio is supplemented by product-supporting services such as a wide-ranging offer of advanced technologies.

Ferromatik Milacron was founded in 1956 in Malterdingen, near the city of Freiburg im Breisgau. Today, the company includes a world-wide sales and service network with 500 personnel in 50 countries. Ferromatik Milacron, along with its sister companies in the USA, India, and China, has been part of the American Milacron group since 1993.

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